Aaron Rifkind is a junior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Marketing. He is the Senior Advisor to the President of USC’s Undergraduate Student Government. Aaron also holds a position on the USC Hillel Student Board and volunteers for USC’s Teaching International Relations Program. Aaron is both a Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Passholder, visiting both theme parks multiple times a year.
Reid Thom is a sophomore studying International Relations and Business Administration. He came to USC from Torrance, California where he spent his days playing volleyball on the beach and riding motorcycles in the Mojave Desert. Reid has been interested in foreign affairs since his AP World History class in high school, and feels #blessed to be editing the Southern California International Review where he has the opportunity to expand his world perspective while working with an incredible editorial team.
Brad is a senior International Relations (Global Business) major at USC, and his core interests include international security, foreign policy and global crime. He studied abroad in Edinburgh, UK last year while interning in the Scottish Parliament for Linda Fabiani MSP, and he has spent his summers as an intern for such organizations as the National Defense University and the Hudson Institute. Outside of his work with SCIR, he is the Vice President, Internal Affairs of Society 53 and an active member of the Trojan Knights.
Natalie Tecimer is a senior studying International Relations with a minor in Children and Families in Urban America at USC. In addition to being a Senior Editor for SCIR, she is the president of USC’s Rotaract chapter. Natalie is also a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. As a freshman at USC, Natalie founded a nonprofit, Ending All Roads to Silence (EARS) to be a transnational advocacy network for hearing impaired children. Her most recent accomplishment with EARS with negotiating a $368,000 grant for a three year program to give hearing aids and cochlear implants to children in India.
Anna Merzi is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship at USC. Her interests include counterterrorism research and the ways in which extremist organizations utilize social media, as well as global anti-human trafficking efforts. Anna is engaged in anti-human trafficking activism on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area. She recently expanded her efforts to the state of Texas, working alongside Laster Global Consulting. Anna is a proud member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and strongly supports their Service for Sight philanthropy projects. In her free time she enjoys stand-up comedy, creative writing and perusing the pages of BuzzFeed. She is a first-time editor on SCIR and is thrilled to be working alongside such enterprising and dedicated individuals at USC.
Justine Breuch is a freshman majoring in Political Science and Computer Science at USC. She has interned at Generation Citizen, a non-profit that seeks to civically engage underprivileged students through education. Additionally, she spent a summer working at B Lab where she discovered her interest in social enterprises. Justine’s research interests include US foreign policy in the Middle East, women’s rights, and European diplomatic relations. After spending the summer of 2013 at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), she examined French Politics and US and Latin American affairs in independent courses–-topics she hopes to investigate further at USC. On campus, Justine is the Director of Education Policy at the Roosevelt Institute, a writer and designer for the Daily Trojan.